WDVCAS’s are funded by Legal Aid NSW to provide information, assistance and court advocacy services to women and children experiencing domestic violence.
WDVCASs that operate in areas with a high percentage of Aboriginal or people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are funded to employ Aboriginal and Multicultural Specialist Workers.
The safety of each woman and other persons with whom she is in a domestic relationship (including children) and of workers has priority.
Women are treated with dignity, respect and sensitivity
Women are supported & assisted to receive services on an equitable basis
Women are able to identify and express their needs and make decisions in a supportive and non-judgemental environment. Including the right to refuse a service and not have this decision prejudice their future access to services
Women have the right to confidentiality and are informed of situations where that confidentiality may be limited e.g. in relation child protection
Services will work co-operatively, collaboratively and in a co-ordinated way to ensure the best possible services are delivered to women and children experiencing domestic violence
Women experiencing domestic violence are provided with appropriate advocacy
A culture of intolerance about domestic violence is promoted amongst communities and individuals
Services are accessible to all women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence
Funded by the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program, Legal Aid NSW
NWDVCAS acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. NWDVCAS is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.